To tweet or not to tweet, that’s been my dilemma for the past few months. While I’ve dipped a toe in by following the daily musings of everyone from @melindagates to @eddieizzard, the merit of broadcasting personal sound bites has, until now, left me #ambivalent. But looking at how many journalists now regularly use Twitter as an integral part of their communications with the wider world convinced me to commit to do a crash course and gen up on the etiquette. And who’d have thought it? Three hours later and I’m a convert. @vivmicklefield may be a twewbe with only a few dozen followers but we’ve all got to start somewhere.

If August is a traditionally slow news month then it’s an ideal month for a bit of R & R – research and reflection.

A visit to Hartnett Holder & Co at the New Forest’s Lime Wood hotel resulted in the chance to meet head chef Luke Holder and a follow-up tour of the onsite smoke house.  It’s a mysterious world where slow food rules, but judging by the results (eagerly sampled) well worth the wait. And the restaurant’s certainly riding high having recently scooped the top spot at the 2013 Hampshire Life Food& Drink Awards and many congrats to Luke for winning chef of the year.

Another ‘one to watch’ is the creative zeal behind the SPUD initiative. Mark Drury took time out from a hectic round of project management and fundraising to tell me more about the ethos of Space Placemaking and Urban Design. The previously mentioned Exbury Egg (July blog) is the latest in a string of design-led projects that have inspired communities across Hampshire and it sounds as if there’s more in the pipeline to look forward to. Watch this space!

Almost in my own back yard, last weekend’s Amazing Thailand Festival perfectly summed-up a summer that has seen deadlines competing with the joys of glorious sunshine. Yes you can enjoy work and play – what a lovely day!